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The already-thick field of potential 2014 mayoral candidates gets a little more crowded: Former city administrator Robert C. Bobb is looking into a run, the Post reports.


  • D.C. fire department caught playing with arson stats. [Post]
  • Montgomery County mom charged with trading sex with her daughter for debt forgiveness. [WTOP]
  • Maryland men arrested in Adams Morgan robbery case. [Examiner]
  • What to expect as streetcar line gets closer to launch. [Post]
  • AAA predicts lower gas prices. [WJLA]


Photo of the Day: Horse Braying.

Booze Cruise: A drinker-powered Arlington bike pub has hit a flat.

Poetry Slammed: The founders of a new D.C. literary website insists poetry readings don’t have to suck.

Developer Challenge: Turning around the deteriorating Franklin School will be tough for developers.

Eating for Friends: An American University frat is accused of making its pledges eat a whole tub of mayo.

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Sorry to all who got your hopes up: The Boston bombings won’t boost D.C.’s economy. [Post]
  • Douglas Development enters the fray on H Street NE. [WBJ]
  • A climbing wall at the Uline Arena? [UrbanTurf]
  • Criticism of the Eisenhower memorial implies its Grant counterpart is a failure. Which it isn’t. [DCist]
  • What to expect (eventually) from the H Street streetcar. [Post]
  • North Capitol Firehouse will be reincarnated as a restaurant. [PoPville]
  • Why neighbors like one Connecticut Avenue NW project and hate another. [Post]
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital is expecting. [WBJ]
  • D.C. is America’s fifth-best-performing metro area. Why? [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Brick house by Fort Davis

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Gaia‘s mural on Barracks Row is complete. [East City Art]
  • Broadcaster Bob Wolff donates historic sports interviews to Library of Congress. [WTOP]
  • Brother Ah maintains WPFW’s jazz pedigree even while the radio station’s fate remains uncertain. [Post]
  • The story of a Prince George’s County-raised African American woman who found special meaning in the Holocaust Museum. [Post]
  • What the Grant Memorial could teach us about the embattled Eisenhower Memorial. [DCist]
  • WJLA injects unnecessary drama into the Avalon Theatre’s digital transition. [WJLA]
  • Jack Limpert defends ex-Post TV columnist Tom Shales. [About Editing and Writing]
  • Clinton Yates discovers The Real Housewives of Benning Road. [The Root D.C.]
  • Conan O’Brien talked at some big celebrity dinner thingie this weekend. [Huffington Post D.C.]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The 10 most anticipated spring restaurant openings [The Plate]
  • Wine and fast food combos [Drink DC]
  • D.C.’s best grilled cheeses [Thrillist]
  • Rasika West End after one year [Eater]
  • Where to watch the Kentucky Derby [Girl Meets Food]
  • Bistro Bohem launches summer menu. [PoPville]
  • Sneak peek of Yuzu, opening in Bethesda today [Bethesda Mag]
  • Restaurants go big. [Post]